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Beethoven: The Early String Quartets, Opus 18 / Arianna String Quartet

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18/5
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet - violinists John McGrosso and Julia Sakharova, violist Joanna Mendoza and cellist Kurt Baldwin - has firmly established itself as one of America's finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised for "tonal warmth, fastidious balance... expressive vitality" (Chicago Tribune) and "emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity," (Pretoria News, South Africa). This double-disc set finds the group initiating a complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle with the earliest of the quartet opuses, Op. 18/1-6.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The Arianna Quartet delivers a proficient and attractive reading of Beethoven's early quartets. They play with balance and elegance, and all the nuances are played together perfectly. They are inspired by Haydn and Mozart. Not because of the name on the page or what the history books tell us, but because the score demands it. The Arianna is an excellent group. The quartets of Anton Reicha, Beethoven's contemporary and friend, come to mind. The Arianna's polished playing would be excellent for those imaginative works.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Music (2011-2012).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1
  • Ensemble: Arianna String Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 28 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2
  • Running Time: 22 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 24 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18/5
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800